Emeralds are not Irish…but they are Beautiful!

Emerald’s lush green has soothed souls and excited imaginations since antiquity. Its name comes from the ancient Greek word for green, “smaragdus.” Rome’s Pliny the Elder described emerald in his Natural History, published in the first century AD: “…nothing greens greener” was his verdict. He described the use of emerald by early lapidaries, who “have

Diamonds are Gaga’s Best Friend Too!

In addition to the Tiffany Diamond, the necklace also features 16 cushion-cut diamonds and 46 round brilliant diamonds. But it's not just the size and provenance of the stone that makes Lady Gaga's accessory so special. The last time this piece of jewelry left the Tiffany vaults was for a promotional shoot Breakfast at Tiffany's—which

Valentines and Amethysts

Whether you love Valentine’s Day or hate it, one thing’s clear: Valentine’s Day history goes way back. And while Valentine’s Day is now known for kissing, candy hearts, and hard-to-get dinner reservations, the origins of the holiday are far less romantic. Here, the Valentine’s Day history that wouldn’t make it into a romcom, including a

Garnets of January

JANUARY BIRTHSTONE For babies born in January, the garnet is the perfect gem to represent their birthstone. This beautiful stone, which is most commonly red but can be found in a range of other colors, symbolizes peace, prosperity and good health. Some say it even has the power to give the wearer eternal happiness, health

Silver Bells and Silver Jewelry

The Difference Between Sterling Silver and 925 Silver There are so many varieties of silver on the market that it is easy to get confused when you hear these terms, such as sterling silver, silver plate, pure silver, fine silver, 925 silver, coin silver, nickel silver and so on. One common question that is asked

December Birthstones – The Unique Tanzanite Jewelry

DECEMBER BIRTHSTONES December’s birthstones offer three ways to fight the winter blues: tanzanite, zircon and turquoise – all of them, appropriately, best known for beautiful shades of blue. These gems range from the oldest on earth (zircon), to one of the first mined and used in jewelry (turquoise), to one of the most recently discovered

All-Diamond Ring Crafted From a Single Rough Gem – Wow!

All-Diamond Ring Crafted From a Single Rough Gem May Fetch $250,000 at Benefit Auction An all-diamond ring custom crafted from a single rough gem is expected to fetch up to $250,000 when Sotheby’s offers it for sale December 5 at the third (RED) Auction in Miami. Proceeds from the sale will support HIV/AIDS programs in

Sapphire Symbolism

People have long connected celestial blue sapphires with the planet Venus. By extension, sapphires also represent Friday, the day dedicated to Venus. Springtime also falls under sapphire’s symbolic rubric. In differing zodiacal systems, the gemstone covers both Taurus and Gemini. The Ancient Greeks associated sapphire with Apollo. Petitioners often wore the gem while consulting oracles,

Are You A Pearl?

Pearls are the only gemstones made by living creatures. Mollusks produce pearls by depositing layers of calcium carbonate around microscopic irritants that get lodged in their shells—usually not a grain of sand, as commonly believed. While any shelled mollusk can technically make a pearl, only two groups of bivalve mollusks (or clams) use mother-of-pearl

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Diamonds Are Forever!

You probably already know of the diamond’s toughness. In fact, it’s the hardest gemstone and is made of just one element: carbon. Its structure makes it 58 times harder than anything in nature and can only be cut with another diamond. While it’s become nearly synonymous with wedding engagements, it’s also the perfect stone for

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